If you ask Harry Reid who cost Hillary Clinton the election, it was James Comey. If you ask the mainstream media, it was Russia.
On Tuesday The New York Times published bombshell report that alleged state-sponsored Russian hackers conducted “cyberespionage” in effort “to harm one candidate, Hillary Clinton, and tip the election to her opponent, Donald J. Trump.”
However, buried in the report is a rather embarrassing piece of information. On March 19, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta received a “phishing” email. It appeared to be from Google, warning him that he needed to change his password via a provided link. Another aide saw the email and sent it to a computer tech to make sure it was legitimate. The tech, Charles Delavan, sent the following response:
“This is a legitimate email,” Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign aide, replied to another of Mr. Podesta’s aides, who had noticed the alert. “John needs to change his password immediately.”
There was just one problem: Delavan meant to type “illegitimate.”
Mr. Delavan, in an interview, said that his bad advice was a result of a typo: He knew this was a phishing attack, as the campaign was getting dozens of them. He said he had meant to type that it was an “illegitimate” email, an error that he said has plagued him ever since.
In short, foreign hackers gained access to more than 60,000 emails of Hillary’s top aides thanks to a typo. Or a brain fart, if you will.
And here Clinton probably thought her loss couldn’t possibly get more embarrassing.